“Better Together: Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Integration"
Opening Remarks from Congresswoman Lois Capps, United State House of Representatives, California
Thu, December 1, 2011 - 10:30 am - Noon
Rayburn House Office Building
In coordination with the office of Congresswoman Lois Capps
In 2009, 33.3 million people were living with HIV/AIDS, and nearly half are women of childbearing age. Women represent 60 percent of all people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Among young women, the HIV prevalence rate is nearly three times that of young men and most of these women also have an unmet need for family planning. Family planning is a service delivery platform that can not only prevent the transmission of HIV between sexual partners, by for example using condoms, but it can also help to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV by preventing unintended pregnancies.
Integrating family planning services and HIV/AIDS programs is efficient, effective and in demand. It helps to reduce the stigma associated with stand-alone services. In this event, we will highlight research findings and on-the-ground examples of how U.S. supported programs are integrating family planning and HIV/AIDS services with positive impact on families and their communities.